Six of the Best, Special Occasion Dresses

Stand out from the rest of the party crowd in these stunning dresses perfect for parties, weddings and race meetings. Stephanie Smith selects from the High Street and online.

Green bubble hem dress

FROM: Autograph at Marks & Spencer

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PRICE: 45

COMMENT: Chic and very sweet, with its little capped sleeves and asymmetric darts at the high neckline. Lovely jewel-bright colour too.

SUITS: Slim and petites.

KEY ACCESSORY: Gold sandal, 250, L K Bennett.

Blue beaded strappy dress

FROM: Pierce II Fionda at Debenhams

PRICE: 130

COMMENT: Flattering and eye-catching, this lovely blue dress will carry you to a variety of events, from parties to weddings.

SUITS: Pear shapes.

KEY ACCESSORY: Pewter peep-toe shoe, 49.99, River Island.

Grey and black umbrella print dress

FROM: Bora Aksu at People Tree, www.peopletree.co.uk

PRICE: 65

COMMENT: So unusual, made in organic poplin, this is cute little bow dress would suit mid-height heels or pumps.

SUITS: Slim and young

KEY ACCESSORY: Silver and black shoes, 225, from LK Bennett.

Chartreuse embellished dress

FROM: GIVe by

George Davies at Harrogate and Meadowhall Sheffield.

PRICE: 75

COMMENT: Glorious colour for summer and a lovely balmy nights feel to this very

special embellished dress from Mr Davies's latest venture.

SUITS: All shapes, a

tan.

KEY ACCESSORY: Gold sandal, 25, from Marisota.co.uk

Fuchsia corsage belt dress

FROM: Bhs

PRICE: 40

COMMENT: Slightly longer than the other choices and a fab wedding dress with its vibrant colour and natty little flower corsage detail.

SUITS: Slim to medium.

KEY ACCESSORY: Gold and pink sandals, 195, LK Bennett.

Green studded top dress

FROM: Monsoon Fusion (out next month)

PRICE: 55

COMMENT: The colour might not suit everyone but the shape and studding details make this a lovely eye-catching dress.

SUITS: Slim to medium and pear.

KEY ACCESSORY: Black and wood stud sandals, 75, Freemans.com